KLEPTOMANIAC is a journey into the annuals of biblical history concerning what the Bible teaches about tithing and giving. This book will take you on the proverbial archeological quest to uncover the true meaning of biblical words that deal with money. When confusion exists about what certain words mean in the Bible, such as tithe, tithing, tenth or ten percent, this book will examine the Hebrew and Greek language to bring to life what these words actually mean in context. This book will upend the common beliefs held by believers concerning giving and tithing based on the history of the original people of the Bible and how they related to money. From the very beginning to the end of the book, everything is supported by Scripture and research. You will know from the onset why the author, Dr. Frank Chase Jr., wrote the book and learn about his personal story of what happened as a result of embracing New Covenant giving principles from the New Testament. No book asks questions like this book. And some of those questions are: does the Bible talk about tithing? Did God change the tithe at some point in biblical history? Are first fruits money? Is the tithe food or money? Is the church the storehouse? Did Jesus, Paul and the Disciples tithe? Did the early church honor a money tithe system? Are Christians really cursed for not tithing ten percent of their income?
Frank Chase, Jr. was born in 1959. He is the son of Frank Chase and Romaine Berry. He grew up in Baltimore Md. and graduated from Walbrook High School in 1978. After high school, Frank spent four years in the United States Army and during that time became a follower of the Messiah. After completing his tour of duty, he attended Washington State University (WSU) and graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Sociology. Because Frank believes in education, he pursued religious degrees and graduated from North Carolina College of Theology with a Bachelor of Biblical Studies, a Master of Arts in Theology, and a Doctor of Theology. You can follow is blog at http://tithenomore.com and the ebook is available on now on Book Baby and the paperback June 1st at https://store.bookbaby.com/book/kleptomaniac. For signed copies go to the Author's website at http://www.fcpublishing.com/about_kleptomaniac
This excerpt from the book explores Apostle Paul’s life as a man who worked and ministered God’s word in the synagogues. In my studies of his life and Hebrew background, I was shocked to discover that Paul would have never asked anyone in the congregations where he ministered for any full-time support. It is clear from his culture and background that seeking a salary for preaching was something Hebrews did not practice. Although Paul had a right of support, which he makes clear in the scripture, he never asks believers to pay him a salary or to tithe. In fact, the scripture says he often refused support and choose work instead. It is unclear to me why so many so-called pastors and preachers are unwilling to follow Paul’s ministry example and work. Paul was what you might call a bi-vocational preacher. Since the temple stood during Paul’s time, there is no way he could have accepted tithes because that would constitute robbery of the Levites. Paul was never a full-time pastor or preacher, as it were, because he worked in the tent-making business and from historical analysis of his work ethic, Paul worked as an entrepreneur for more than fifty years. That means, full-time ministry is a man made invention.
Before addressing Paul’s writings, keep in mind that Paul never wrote a word about tithing in his epistles nor did he require any church to pay him a tithe. That’s because the food tithes still went to the Temple Levites and priests. Paul was not a Levite so he had no authority to collect tithes from the Ekklesia. To do so, he would have been stealing the Levites inherence, which belonged to them as long as the temple stood. This fact is established throughout this book. Now we have to ask whether Paul taught on the issue of support for gospel workers.
We have to obtain a clear picture of Paul’s cultural background as a Hebrew of Hebrews. This is important to help set up the context of what he believed about work and receiving support as an Apostle. According to Jewish thought concerning the law, interpretations of the law unsuitable for everyday life should be avoided. Since this is the case, changing the biblical food tithe (“maaser”) from herds, flocks and crops to money (“maaser kesafim”) is not suitable for a modern monetary economy because it creates an entitlement aristocracy among pastors and preachers in the ministry. Based on Paul’s background and from “the ages of antiquity in Jewish thought, it has always been taught that a Jewish son who is taught Torah which is not combined with teaching of a skill with the hands leads finally to laziness and sin. Thus inactivity gives way to evil impulse and leads to a fall. A profession meant studying the things of heaven and practical life. He who does not teach his son a profession makes him a good-for-nothing.”96 In other places, it is said that a Jewish man who does not teach his son a trade, teaches him to become a thief. Jewish boys were all compelled to learn trades to support themselves. If you study Jewish culture, there are many examples that show it was considered disreputable if a man did not have a secondary skill outside of teaching Scripture. It was also important to have practical knowledge of a trade, which was necessary and regarded as a requisite to personal independence. Today, many pastors would starve to death because they lack professional skills with which to make a living; this makes them 100 percent co-dependent on others for every aspect of life. Paul would frown on this behavior today.